In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew recaps the final presidential debate and considers what the rest of the 2020 campaign will look like.
The final debate showed candidates far apart on issues like health care, climate change and criminal justice. Trump tried to focus on alleged corruption, but the pandemic remains 2020's central issue.
President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden made their final arguments to voters on Thursday night at their second and final presidential debate, squaring off in Nashville, Tennessee, less than two weeks before the election.
Moderator Kristen Welker — with the help of an offstage mute button — helped give Americans the substantive, crackling debate over leadership that had been missing so far during the 2020 presidential campaign. The NBC News White House correspondent worked hard Thursday to keep control of the second and final encounter between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, steering but not stifling exchanges.
The final debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, held on Thursday evening, was the first one of the entire campaign that actually felt like a debate. The first debate was a chaotic disaster due to Trump’s constant interruptions; the second one didn’t happen because Trump refused to agree to debate virtually while he had Covid-19 (the candidates held dueling town halls instead). This time around, better moderation and the handy use of a mute button allowed both candidates to express their thoughts — leading to a mix of actual substantive policy exchanges and less-than-coherent mudslinging about families and personal finance.
With less than two weeks until voting concludes, President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will face off for the final time in a debate on Thursday, likely marking Trump's last chance to reach a massive audience as he trails Biden in polls nationally and in key states.
On Monday night, the Commission on Presidential Debates unanimously approved a new rule for Thursday night's final debate that will make it virtually impossible for Donald Trump to be, well, Donald Trump.
Only one opportunity now remains for the two candidates to directly debate each other before Election Day.
President Trump is already attacking Thursday's presidential debate moderator, NBC News' Kristen Welker, who has served as the company's White House correspondent since 2011.
Last month’s debate was marred by frequent interruptions by the president.
Trump’s campaign has repeatedly opposed the idea of granting the moderator the power to shut off a candidate’s microphone — an idea that has been floated in the aftermath of the first debate, during which Trump repeatedly interrupted and jeered at Biden.
The Commission on Presidential debates announced on Friday the six topics for the second and final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden set to take place next week.
“I’m not going to waste my time doing a virtual debate,” the president said shortly after organizers announced the Oct. 15 town hall would be held remotely. “That’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate, it’s ridiculous, and then they cut you off whenever they want
CNN Opinion asked commentators to weigh in on who performed best at the vice presidential debate -- and what moments stood out to them the most.
In this episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew reacts to the first and only vice presidential debate.
Wednesday's debate, by 2020 standards, was normal. The candidates ignored questions and defended Biden's and Trump's records, but it was the fly that created buzz.
Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence will take the stage tonight in person.
It's the showdown many have been waiting for — the debate between Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris. Pence needs to right the ship, while Harris has to deflect charges of socialism.
Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic rival, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, will meet in Utah tonight for the only vice presidential debate of the campaign.
A FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll on how voters feel about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and Donald Trump and Mike Pence, before and after the 2020 vice presidential debate on October 7